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State of Missouri

History of Reform Efforts: Missouri

Active Organizations

Greene Countians for Fair and Impartial Judges
In 2008, Greene Countians for Fair and Impartial Judges mounted a successful campaign to bring the Nonpartisan Court Plan to Greene County.

League of Women Voters of Missouri

Missouri Bar
In the 1990 election, the average affirmative percentage for judicial retention candidates dropped to 59%, perhaps in response to the controversies of the early 1980s. Affirmative retention percentages had been declining slowly but steadily since 1976, when the average affirmative vote was 83%. Worried that a persistence in this trend would result in the removal of qualified judges and would discourage qualified candidates from seeking judicial office, the Missouri Bar began a public education campaign to provide information about Missouri's judicial system to the media and the general public. Bar officers and Missouri judges appeared on radio and television talk shows and visited with newspaper editorial boards throughout the state. The bar also developed and distributed a brochure, "Voting for Missouri's Judges," to familiarize voters with the selection process and the proper role of judges.

In 1992, the Missouri Bar, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, and the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association conducted the first statewide evaluation of judges standing for retention. Evaluation results are published and distributed in a booklet called "Voters' Information About Judges," along with a photograph and biographical information for each judge. The booklet is also available online.

Missourians for Fair and Impartial Courts
Missourians for Fair and Impartial Courts is a broad-based coalition of organizations and individuals formed in 2007 to protect Missouri courts from political attacks and preserve the nonpartisan court plan.